Essays on Turkish Literature and History

In Essays on Turkish Literature and History Barbara Flemming makes available essays partly previously published in German. They offer insights gained through decades of scholarship. Although the Ottoman period is central, a wide range is covered, including an early Turkish principality, Mamluk and Ottoman Egypt, and contemporary southeastern Turkey. The essays look into historical and political factors involved in the preoccupation with the world’s ending, into Muslim-Christian dialogue, the sultan’s prayer before battle, and the bilingualism of poets. Of particular interest are the sections on female participation in mysticism, on an anti-Sufi movement in Cairo, on the Ottoman capital’s appeal to collectors and emigrants (Diez, Süssheim, Böhlau), and on the far-reaching effects of alphabet change.
Restricted Access


EUR €135.00USD $156.00

Biographical Note

Barbara Flemming, PhD (UCLA), is Professor Emerita of Turkish Studies at Leiden University. Her published work, partly gathered in her volume of Essays, includes monographs based on research beginning with early Turkish Anatolia. Recent work includes studies on Turkey’s southeast.

Table of contents

List of Original Publications
1 Faḫrī’s Ḫusrev u Şīrīn from the year 1367: A Turkish mesnevī from the Emirate period
2 Turkish Manuscripts in the Staatsbibliothek
3 Şerīf, Sultan Ġavrī and the “Persians”
4 Some Remarks on Turkish Prose before the Tanẓīmāt Period
5 A Ġazel by Ḥasan oġlï (Unknown Poems in the Dīvān of Sultan Ġavrī)
6 The Pre-Wahhābī Fitna in Ottoman Cairo: 1711
7 From the Evening Talks of Sultan Ġavrī
8 Ḥālet Efendi’s Second Audience with Napoleon
9 Literary Activities in Mamluk Halls and Barracks
10 Languages of Turkish Poets
11 Karl Süssheim 1877-1947: On his Hundredth Birthday, June 21st 1878/1978
12 Three Turkish Chroniclers in Ottoman Cairo
13 Literature in the Days of the Alphabet Change
14 The Cāmiʿ ül-meknūnāt: A Source of ʿĀlī from the Time of Sultan Süleymān
15 Two Turkish Bible Manuscripts in Leiden as Middle-Ottoman Linguistic Monuments
16 Romantic Emigrants in the Empire of Abdülhamid
17 Ṣāḥib-qırān and Mahdī: Turkish Expectations of the End of Time in the First Decade of the Rule of Süleymān
18 Political Genealogies in the Sixteenth Century
19 A Sixteenth-Century Turkish Apology for Islam: The Gurbetname-i Sultan Cem
20 Glimpses of Turkish Saints: Another Look at Lamiʿi and Ottoman Biographers
21 Public Opinion under Sultan Süleymân
22 Notes on ʿAruż in Turkish collections
23 The Sultan’s Prayer before Battle
24 Re-reading the Story of the Religious “Fitna” of 1711
25 The Poem in the Chronicle: The Use of Poetry in Early Ottoman Historiography
26 ʿĀşıḳpaşazāde’s View of Women
27 Female Participation in Earlier Islamic Mysticism (9th to 16th Century)
28 Goethe and Diez in the year 1790
29 On the Çırçıp: Yesterday and Today
30 Publications



Manuscript libraries, Ottomanists, Mamluk scholars, historians. All concerned with Turkish literature, languages in contact, bible translations, pre-Ottoman Anatolia, space and prominence afforded to women in Ottoman literature.